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[TKR] Week 3 running late

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Been lurking decidedmto join. This forum has answered questions I didn't know I would have! Time to share the joy!

Left arthscopic meniscus trim 2013
LTKA 9-13-19
 

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Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you have found BoneSmart helpful, and you have decided to join us!

Let us know how you are doing with your new knee, posting your story will help you keep a record of your recovery and receive support from other BoneSmart members like yourself.
 
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Thank you Pumpkin. Please keep me advised if I do something not allowed. Never participated in this type of forum. Mistakes will be from ignorance :heehee:

Wanted to post my own recovery, is this the correct spot?
 

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You are in the right spot, your are doing great posting!
If you have any questions a moderator or forum advisor is usually here to address your concerns and questions.
 

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Just get posting, we are very friendly group of people, who love to help either through practical advice or just provide the chance to chat.
It's the perfect place to vent if things get on top of you, we've all been there
 

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Hello @NewToMe ,
Welcome to recovery.

Here are the Recovery Guidelines and some helpful articles for you:
Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
elevate
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
don't overwork.
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?

Energy drain for TKRs

Elevation is the key

Ice to control pain and swelling

Heel slides and how to do them properly

Chart representation of TKR recovery

Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
 

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Hi there @NewToMe
Glad you’ve found this glorious forum.... it’s so helpful to recovery.

Please do let us know how your recovery continues... for those of us who are still to have the op (mines 14th October)... it’s nice to follow..

Hope it’s going well... x


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Day 18 Post OP

So glad for the support, not the same as having a hovering spouse :loll:

Today's victories:
SLEPT 6 glorious continuous hours
Took a shower almost by myself!
Got myself out of bed without the strap, no pain means bonus points!
Did 10 min on recumbent bike, i.e. back and forth to discomfort only! Certainly no full rotations yet!

Today's "new" spot that hurts......no where!
Still have to rub the inside of lower leg, it gets cantankerous and sensitive.

Also, my entire knee is covered in glue, it itches, pulls etc. How can I get it off me? I still have some steri strips on so I promise not to bother my incision

Thanks!
Kathy
 

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Iam 6 weeks and still has come glue. Dr. Told me just take shower wipe leg gently. It all will come off eventually.i have one spot with it.
 
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@judgar well ok then glue for a lot longer then. Thank you!
 

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Also, my entire knee is covered in glue, it itches, pulls etc. How can I get it off me? I still have some steri strips on so I promise not to bother my incision
Ugh! I hate this glue. My knees hate it worse. I had a reaction to it on the first knee, but whoever did the close on the second knee was super sloppy with the glue and I had it way beyond the incision. I gives me a rash! I rubbed around it and encouraged it to peel off. Probably not recommended, but I was desperate. I wound up on antibiotics in case the rash was actually cellulitis.
 

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Sounds like my ghastly staples are probably still the better option. My incision and bandaging was not an issue. I thought I missed out on this new glue procedure. Maybe not.


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My stitches were not a problem. I don’t think I’d want staples or glue. :yikes:
 

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I had my first staples with this surgery, I was surprised how little they hurt when it was time to take them out....I've also had "zip line" stitches and glue with other surgeries, and I promptly started itching with the glue! I'm not fond of the glue!
 
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It's taken a week or so for me to look at my incision. Every time I do, I get queasy.

Today I realized the dark marks are the Sharpe the surgeon used to mark! The dark marks perpendicular to the incision are MARKS, not incision, expansion...

What weird thing will get into my head next?
 

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I still get queasy looking at the photos member’s post of their incision! :bolt:

Mine has healed well enough that I don’t mind seeing it at this point, but it’s been more than 2 years. :heehee:
 

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It's taken a week or so for me to look at my incision. Every time I do, I get queasy.

Today I realized the dark marks are the Sharpe the surgeon used to mark! The dark marks perpendicular to the incision are MARKS, not incision, expansion...
Yes, they draw those lines before surgery, to help them line up your skin accurately when they close your incision.
 
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Feel weird today.

Lots of sleepies, can't seem to eat enough :shrug:and now running 99.8 fever. No fever before.

Is this just "one of those days?"
 

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Most likely, one of those days. :console2:
 

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